Northe in court over IBAC charges

Member for Morwell Russell Northe is facing IBAC charges. file photograph

Michelle Slater

Member for Morwell Russell Northe faced misconduct charges brought about by the Independent Broad‑based Anti‑corruption Commission in the Latrobe Magistrates Court this morning.

Russell John Northe is facing 45 charges relating to falsifying documents from between 2018 and 2020 in his term as Member for the Legislative Assembly.

The charges include wilful misconduct for expenditure returns to the Victorian Electoral Commission based on false information.

The charges include several false documents over an office rental property at 42 Kay Street in Traralgon.

There are also a string of charges relating to false documents for rates for the provision of an administrative assistant and analyst of amounts from $19,500 and $43,000.

There is also a charge over a false document relating to a $5800 office printer.

Mr Northe was not present at the file hearing, but was represented by his lawyer Mark Woods.

He will be facing a committal mention in the Latrobe Magistrates Court on January 13, 2023.

The retiring MP will not be re-contesting this year’s state election after holding the seat of Morwell since 2006